THE ATLANTA OLYMPIC GAMES IN 1996 BROUGHT ABOUT A REDUCTION IN AUTOMOBILE USE BY 22.5 PERCENT, ASTHMA ADMISSIONS TO THE EMERGENCY ROOMS AND HOSPITALS ALSO DECREASED BY 41.6 PERCENT.
THE FIRST SOLUTION AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT IS TO RESPOND TO THE COLLECTIVE WILL OF THE CITIZENS AND RAISE OUR COMMITMENT TO CONSERVATION TO REFLECT PUBLIC OPINION.
AT THE STATE LEVEL FORMULATE A STATEWIDE RECREATION AND OPEN SPACE PLAN, AND THEN WORK TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON THAT PLAN.
IN VIRGINIA, THERE ISN’T EVEN A STATE PLANNING OFFICE AS SUCH WHICH CAN RESPOND TO THE INCREASED POPULATION AND CHANGES IN DEVELOPMENT PATTERNS.
AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, PREPARE A LONG RANGE PLAN THAT INCLUDES AREAS FOR OPEN SPACE AND THE PROTECTION OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES.
IN VIRGINIA, THE LOCALITY’S BASIC PLANNING DOCUMENT IS THE COMPHREHENSIVE PLAN.
IT’S A 20-YEAR PLAN WHICH IS FREQUENTLY CHANGED, BUT CONSIDERED LONG-TERM FOR PLANNING PURPOSES.
THERE IS A NATURAL TENSION BETWEEN THE NEED TO PROTECT LAND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS VERSUS THE RIGHTS OF THE LANDOWNER.
WHEN CHANGES ARE MADE TO THE COMPHREHENSIVE PLAN IT CAN EITHER BE A WINDFALL OR A WIPEOUT FOR THE PROPERTY OWNER.
IT WILL BE CHARACTERIZED AS EITHER A REAL CREDIT TO THE FUTURE OR A CHILLING ACTION BY AN OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT.
IRONICALLY, MAJOR CHANGES IN LAND CONSERVATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION ARE ALL TOO FREQUENTLY THE RESULT OF A REACTION TO LARGER REZONINGS WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH AND THE PUBLIC GETS AROUSED.
POPULATION IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE, WE MUST DO A BETTER JOB OF PLANNING AND COORDINATING TOGETHER OUR TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS WITH OUR FUTURE COMMUNITIES WHERE WE WILL LIVE AND WORK.
I AM ALL IN FAVOR OF THE NEW URBANISM PROMOTING LIVABLE COMMUNITIES NEXT TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, AND HAVING ZONING LANGUAGE FOR ‘MIXED-USE’ RESIDENTIAL, RETAIL AND OFFICE SPACE, CONTAINING A VARIETY OF HOUSING DESIGNED AROUND PUBLIC SPACES INCLUDING SQUARES AND PARKS.
BUT WE ARE LOSING SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL WITH LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES IF WE DO NOT LOOKOUT 100 YEARS PLUS-NOT JUST 20 YEARS-AND SET ASIDE PUBLIC LANDS AND HISTORIC PLACES.
THE PRIVATE SECTOR AT THE NATIONAL AND STATE LEVELS COULD SPEND THEIR ADVERTISING DOLLARS ON LESS STADIUMS WHICH WILL ONLY BE TORN DOWN IN 20 TO 30 YEARS, AND MORE ON PARKS, HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND OPEN SPACE – 19 – WHICH WILL LAST FOR EVER.
GOOGLE.COM PRESERVE OR GENERAL MOTORS NATIONAL CONSERVANCY OR THE NIKE NATIONAL TRAIL WOULD BE ENJOYED FOR GENERATIONS AND SHOULD MAKE AN ACCOUNTANT’S AMORTIZATION SCHEDULE ON THIS INVESTMENT SHINE LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
IT WOULD BE GREAT ADVERTIZING AT THE SAME TIME.
I SHOULD NOTE THAT A NUMBER OF COMPANIES HAVE DEVELOPED PROGRAMS THAT COMPLEMENT OUR NATURAL RESOURCES WITH THEIR BUSINESS SECTOR.
CHAMPION INTERNATION CORPORATION HAS ITS ‘SPECIAL PLACES IN THE FOREST’ PROTECTION PROGRAM.
TED TURNER, WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH HIS POLOTICS OR NOT, OWNS TWO MILLION ARCES OF CONSERVATION PROTECTED LAND.
HE IS THE LARGEST PRIVATE LANDOWNER IN THE NATION WITH HOLDINGS BIGGER THAN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
IN 2000, HIS TURNER FOUNDATION AWARDED 450 MILLION IN GRANTS TO RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS.
AT THE GROUND LEVEL, AMERICA IS ACTUALLY IN OUTSTANDING SHAPE.
WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF TEDDY ROOSEVELTS OF JOHN MUIRS WHO TAKE CHARGE OF A CONSERVATION PROJECT AND MUSTER THE FORCES FOR COMPLETION.
I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW IF THIS CONSERVATION ENTREPRENALMANSHIP IS WORLDWIDE OR FAVORED IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT IT IS ALIVE AND WELL.
IT MAY BE THE HORSE TRAIL COMMUNITY ROUNDING UP SUPPORT FOR A NEW HORSE TRAIL.
LOCAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL CONSERVATION AND RECREATION NONPROFITS HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF MAJOR SUCESSES BECAUSE OF THEIR INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS DTERMINATION.
GET INVOLVED WITH ONE IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY AND LOOK INTO HOW YOUR EQUESTRIAN GROUP’S GOALS CAN MELD WITH THEIRS. DOUTHAT STATE PARK WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS PARKS CONSTRUCTED IN THE 1930’S, PROVIDING JOBS FOR HUNDREDS OF YOUNG MEN DURING THE DREPRESSION.
AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, WITH YOUR HELP IT HAS BECOME A GREAT PARK FOR HORSEBACK RIDING.
LEESYLVANIA STATE PARK ON THE POTOMAC RIVER WAS GOING TO BE A SITE FOR WAREHOUSES AND HOUSING.
A LOCAL HISTORIAN RELATED TO THE LEE FAMILY SHOWED THE SITE TO TWO STATE LEGISLATORS.
THEY RECOGNIZED ITS – 20 – POTENTIAL.
LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED IN THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AUTHORIZING ITS ACQUISITION WITH 50% OF THE FUNDS BEING ACQUIRED THROUGH A TAX CREDIT FOR THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY, ONE DANIEL K.
LUDWIG WHO AT THE TIME WAS THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD.
ITS NOW ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PARKS IN VIRGINIA, AND IT IS HELPING TO MEET OUR LAND PROTECTION AND WATER QUALITY GOALS FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY.
THE NEW RIVER STATE PARK IS A 54-MILE RAILS- TO- TRAILS CONVERSION FROM AN ABANDONED RAILROAD.
THE VOLUNTEER SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITIES ALONG THE PARK IS NOTHING SHOULD OF OUTSTANDING.
IF YOU HAVEN’T GONE HORSEBACKING ON IT, DO YOURSELF AND YOU HORSE A FAVOR AND DO SO.
WE LOVE HORSES.
IT WAS NAMED A NATIONAL MILLENIUM PARK.
GRAYSON HIGHLANDS PARK AT MOUNT ROGERS IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IS ANOTHER HORSE RIDING FAVORITE WITH OVERNIGHT HORSE STABLES AVAILABLE.
FALSE CAPE STATE PARK ON THE NORTH CAROLINA BORDER AND THE ATLANTIC OCEAN HAS ITS SHARE OF WILD HORSES.
WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS AT THAT PARK WHO BASICALLY WORK A 40-HOUR WEEK AND ASK NOTHING IN RETURN.
THIS IS THE VIRGINIA HORSE COUNCIL’S LEGISLATIVE RIDE AT MORVEN PARK, LEESBURG, VIRGINIA IN 1999.
AS A FORMER STATE LEGISLATOR, I KNOW HOW MUCH POLITICANS ARE RECEPTIVE TO YOUR ISSUES ON CONSERVATION POLICY.
IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO MAKE ONE ON ONE CONTACT WITH THEM.
WHEN THE PROJECT OR TRAIL IS COMPLETE INVITE THEM TO THE RIBBON CUTTING.
IT’S GOOD “POLITICS”.
THE PRESERVATION OF OPEN SPACES AND SPECIAL PLACES IS IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US.
WE AREN’T GOING TO BE ABLE TO STOP THE POPULATION GROWTH, AND WE CAN’T AFFORD TO STOP DEVELOPMENT, BUT WE CAN BETTER PLAN FOR GROWTH AND PROTECT OUR SPECIAL PLACES.
EVERY LOCALITY SHOULD HAVE A 100-YEAR PLAN OR EVEN A 200 TO 400 YEAR VISION.WE NEED THOSE LARGE URBAN PARKS OF YEARS PAST AND NATURAL PRESERVES ADJACENT TO SUBURBIA AS INTREGAL COMPONENTS OF OUR NEW URBANISM IN PLANNING DESIGN.
NONE OF US WILL BE THERE TO EXPERIENCE IT, BUT THAT VISION MAY INSURE THAT OUR OWN GENERATIONS TO COME WILL HAVE A PLACE TO RECREATE, COMMUNE WITH NATURE AND SMELL THE ROSES. – 21 – MOTHER EARTH IS COUNTING ON ALL OF US ‘TO SPEAK A WORD FOR NATURE’.
THE ‘BUCK’ STOPS HERE WITH YOU AND ME. ********** David G.
Brickley is an attorney with the law firm of Pfitzner and Morley in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Governor James S.
Gilmore, III appointed Mr.
Brickley to be Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation from January 1998 until January 2002.
During that time, he served as a member of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Board of Conservation and Development of Public Beaches, the State Land Evaluation Advisory Committee, the Coastal Land Management Council, the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Principal Staff Committee, and the Breaks Interstate Commission.
He was also Executive Secretary of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation and State Liaison Officer for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and a member of the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources Advisory Board.
In October 2001 the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation received the National Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management at the National Recreation and Park Association Annual Congress.
This two-year award is the highest award that can be received by a state park system.
Prior to this appointment, Mr.
Brickley served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1976 to 1998 where he served on numerous committees and most recently had served as Chairman of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee and Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee as well as chairing the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee on State Parks, and served on the Courts of Justice Committee.
Brickley was co-founder of the Virginia Railway Express, Virginia’s commuter rail system, and had served as Chairman of the Board.
He was also Chairman of the Virginia War Memorial Board, a member of the Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care, the Governor’s Northern Virginia Transportation Coordinating Committee, and several other committees dealing with taxes and health care.
Brickley is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the George Mason University School of Law.
He earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award as a youth and is currently active in the Boy Scouts as an Assistant Scout Master and Council Vice President for Government Relations.
He served in the United States Air Force and was awarded the Bronze Star as a Captain in Vietnam.
Prior to his election to the Virginia House of Delegates, David was the Assistant County Executive for Prince William County.
Active in the community, David is Chairman of the Prince William Conservation Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors of North American Water Trails, Inc.
He received the Environment Virginia 2001 Environment Legacy Award and the Northern Virginia Technology Council selected him three times as one of the top ten legislators in Virginia.
The Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics named him the Child Advocate of the Year for 1994 and he was nominated for the National Child Advocate of the Year Award.
Brickley was twice named the local Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of the Year and he also received the Virginia State Jaycees Award for Civic and Patriotic Activities.
He has served on numerous boards, associations and various civic organizations. – 22 – David Brickley lives with his wife, Lori Lee and son, Justin, in Woodbridge, Virginia.
He also has a daughter, Terri and a son, David, Jr.
And a granddaughter, Ally.
Brickley can be reached at: Pfitzner and Morley 4310 Ridgewood Center Drive Woodbridge, VA 22192 e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org . – 23 –
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